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In need of translation..............
on 6 April 2007
I am sure this book contains much wisdom, the only problem is a lot of it is hidden behind terminology and phrases that may be fine for the seasoned player who "talks" poker all the time but for someone trying to get into the game the prevalence of (what I assume is) poker slang renders much of the content unintelligible. From the word go, phrases such as "on a draw", "double gut-shot draw", "on the bubble", "smooth-call", "the nuts" etc are used with little or no explanation. Even if you resolve to try and decipher the terminology as you go along, words such as "Trips" and "set" (which I assume refers to three-of-a-kind) seem to be used interchangably just to prolong the process of interpretation.
If Mr Gordon had seen fit to include a glossary or gently introduced these phrases with some explanation along the way then I am sure I would have got far more from the book for less time and effort.
I am sure that if I persist with poker, then in years to come I will be able to pick this book up and use it as it was intended but for the moment it remains a potentially confusing prospect for the complete beginner.